Most dieters dread the beginning of a new diet, as visions of strict rules and tasteless food loom large. The Atkins Diet, however, offers the first phase (Induction) dieters a wide variety of foods that can be eaten anytime. Avoid falling into a breakfast rut by getting creative and find new, low-carb substitutes favorite breakfast dishes.
High in protein, eggs are an ideal food for those in the Atkins Diet Induction phase. But do not just limit itself to distorted or over-easy. For classic American breakfast, try two eggs sunny-side up with a side of bacon, also an Atkins-approved Induction food. For an elegant brunch with friends, consider a classic frittata with goat cheese, artichoke hearts, onions, mushrooms and fresh herbs. Accompany this dish with a side of steamed asparagus, dressed lightly in olive oil and lemon zest. To start the morning with a little more kick, improvise an Atkins-friendly version of huevos rancheros by ditching tortillas and serve eggs over a bed of roasted peppers. Top with cheese, sour cream, chorizo, homemade salsa and olives.
For those cold mornings where you are now for oatmeal, consider a low-carb soup instead. Try a creamy, comforting pumpkin soup made with fresh pureed pumpkin, cream, chilli and a dash of nutmeg. Awake your senses with chicken broth spiked with mushrooms and ginger — perfect for clearing the sinuses when a cold strikes, and excellent for digestion anytime. Avoid winter squashes like butternut squash, as they are high in carbohydrates and sugar.
Lettuce might not ordinarily resident in the breakfast table, but wide-leaf salad is an excellent option for making quick, wraps low-carb breakfast. Use mild butter leaf lettuce to make a wrap with tuna, mayonnaise and slivered almonds. Try more powerful hearts romaine keeping warm scrambled eggs, meat and vegetables. For mornings at home, try salmon-and-cream-cheese roll-ups dotted with capers and served with sliced tomato and avocado gourmet bagel experience without carbohydrates.